Saira Khan hosts Glasgow ladies’ lunch to raise funds for children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Saira Khan hosts Glasgow ladies’ lunch to raise funds for children’s charity

30 October 2009

BBC TV presenter and ‘mumpreneur’ Saira Khan will be hosting this year’s annual Glasgow Ladies’ Lunch in aid of children’s health charity Action Medical Research at the Hilton Hotel on Friday 6 November.

The popular lunch event attracts around 600 ladies from across Scotland for an afternoon of fun, fundraising and fine dining, and raised more than £70,000 for the charity in 2008.  Joining Saira at this year’s event will be Glasgow-based singer and The X-Factor 2006 finalist Nikitta.

Businesswoman, TV presenter and now mum to one-year-old baby Zac, Saira first shot to fame as a contestant on the original series of The Apprentice in 2005. The energy and determination with which she tackled Sir Alan’s tasks are now channelled into her own growing enterprise, baby skincare range Miamoo. She also presents CBBC’s Beat the Boss show, pitting budding school-age entrepreneurs against adult professionals, and her business acumen means she is often called upon for media comment, appearing on shows such as the BBC's The Money Programme.

Saira says: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Glasgow and hosting this amazing event which raises so much money for a great cause. Above anything, every parent wants their children to be happy and healthy. I can’t begin to comprehend the anxiety families must feel when a baby or child is seriously ill, but I know there are many wonderful people out there who have great ideas or are carrying out amazing research to help stop such suffering. All ideas need support and money to get off the ground and I think it’s great that a charity like Action Medical Research is there at the forefront, playing a vital role to help these ideas become a reality. “

The 2009 Glasgow Ladies’ lunch offers the usual great entertainment – including a special surprise that promises be ‘hot stuff’ – and fantastic auction and raffle prizes. The event is organised by a dedicated team of Glasgow volunteers, chaired for the last five years by Doreen Mainds who will be handing over the reins in 2010.

Janet Balcombe, Action Medical Research Community Fundraising Manager for Scotland, said: “We are hugely grateful to Doreen for all her hard work on the event, which has made a staggering contribution to the charity over the last five years. Her commitment to ensuring that all guests have an enjoyable and fun-filled day that’s packed with entertainment is the reason why so many women return year after year. Doreen will remain on the organising committee, ensuring quality and continuity and is really looking forward to introducing Saira Khan to this fabulous event.”

Action Medical Research funds vital work that aims to prevent, cure or treat conditions that devastate the lives of many thousands of babies and children and their families. In particular, the charity’s special Touching Tiny Lives appeal funds vital research to reduce pregnancy complications and premature birth, and improve care for sick babies. The charity is currently funding several projects based at hospitals and universities in Scotland. These include work looking at how to prevent premature birth and research into Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes severe disability.

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Notes to editors:

For more information on Action Medical Research and the Glasgow Ladies’ Lunch, please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer

Tel: 01403 327480


Action Medical Research is a leading national medical research charity.  For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.  Our research helps babies and children affected by disease and disability.  We are currently funding research into serious diseases and conditions, including meningitis, pneumonia and cerebral palsy.  Our special appeal, Touching Tiny Lives, funds vital research to reduce pregnancy complications and premature birth, and improve care for sick babies. 

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